“We are very excited to finish the chapel thanks to the generosity of the Bensons and to name it for St. Martin de Porres, a great apostle of charity and patron of social justice who, despite suffering greatly because of his mixed race, set a profound example of love of God and neighbor,” said Fr. Thomas Schaefgen, chaplain of Tulane Catholic Center.
“The chapel will be a space of refuge and transcendent beauty for all those at Tulane who seek an encounter with God. Tulanians for many generations to come will find a place here to set aside the cares of the world and encounter the beauty of God through art, light, prayer, music and the sacred liturgy.”
“St. Martin de Porres was committed to inclusivity and harmony, so it is fitting that a space that is open to Tulanians from all walks of life be named in his honor,” said Gayle Benson. “I am proud and honored to help Tulane students, faculty, alumni and staff experience the beauty and love of the Catholic religion.”